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Doctors see asthma spike as kids go back to school

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SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (WJBK) -

Most kids are all about the idea of going back to school, but there are millions that dread it. It's not their schedule or homework that has them worried, but the thought of having an asthma attack.

Watch Deena Centofanti's full Healthworks report above.

Not long after school bells begin and hallways fill with students, so do doctors offices and emergency departments. Every year in the US, kids with asthma miss a total of nearly 14.5 millions school days. That's more than 80,000 students out per day.

Doctor Kirstin Carel is an asthma expert at National Jewish Health in Denver. She says during the summer months, many kids go off their asthma medicine as their daily routine changes and they relax during vacation. But unless they get back on a healthy routine in time, they are often asking for trouble.

You can find tips to help combat your child's asthma symptoms by clicking here.

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